I previously posted on Ukkokei Ramen in Makati,Â which I dubbed as one of the authentic ramen experiences in Manila. But although the entire experience wasn’t pleasant, at least the food was. Fast forward a few weeks later, I get an email from Ramen Bar’s owner in eastwood inviting me to try out their version of Ramen. I quickly obliged as I was doing the research for the Ukkokei article, I chanced upon several blogs extolling this particular resto. I certainly didn’t want to pass that up!
After a quick battle with some food poisoning (ironically! ok so I don’t really think I used irony properly here), I trotted off to Ramen Bar in Eastwood with a fellow blogger named Elyoo. Elyoo being a fashion blogger, was dressed quite awesomely.
We quickly placed our orders in and started chatting amongst ourselves.
On the table:
- R.B.S #1
- Sapporo Miso Ramen
- Chicken Karaage
- Yakiniku Beef
- Kakuni Buns
R.B.S. #1 is Â Soy infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with tamago, naruto, nori, negi, chasyu, and Kakuni. Tonkotsu is basically pork bones stewed as compared to the Miso base which is lighter version of Ramen. The reasoning behind the Tonkotsu base is because this is favored by Japanese consumers in Japan because of the climate. Due to the colder climate experienced in Japan, the heavier soup is supposed to keep them warm during winter. According to the owner, (who SMS’ed me all the way from the UK!) since the climate in the Philippines is warmer, the lighter soup is more appealing to us. (Just like Ukkokei’s!) But Ramen Bar will be coming up with their own version of a lighter soup base not to mention a few more side dishes and he promises to have me over once these dishes are on the menu again. I can’t wait!
I’ll be leaving the Sapporo Miso Ramen for Elyoo to review because I didn’t really try out her meal.
Check her out she was wearing something similar:
- Tamago is soft boiled eggs marinated for 48 hours
- Tonkotsu is pork bone soup boiled for 20 hours
- Chasyu is Sliced Pork
- Kakuni is Braised Pork Belly
- Naruto are FIsh Sticks
- Nori is Dried Seaweed
- Negi are spring onions
Sapporo Miso Ramen is Miso infused Tonkotsu Ramen topped with Tamago, Naruto Negi Chasyu, Butter and Corn.
The Chasyu was absolutely divine. And the Kakuni? Perfection. They were so tender and soft that the meat was literally melting inside my mouth. They were definitely worth whatever I was paying for it.
The Chicken Karaage was definitely a surprise! It was really good! It comes with a plate of salt and pepper but didn’t need anything. What I particularly like about it was that it was boneless. It made for eating it easier.
Highlight of the night was the Beef Yakiniku (ç„¼ãè‚‰ or ç„¼è‚‰)Â meaning “grilled meat”, is aÂ Japanese term which, in its broadest sense, refers to grilled meat dishes.
Today, it commonly refers to aÂ Japanese style of cooking bite-sized meat (usuallyÂ beef andÂ offal) and vegetables onÂ gridirons orÂ griddles over flame of wood charcoals carbonized byÂ dry distillation (sumibi, ç‚ç«) or gas/electric grill.
The beef was tender and sweet and for the price was actually quite a lot. I would definitely order this again and again. I think this would go well with some Yakimeshi.
For dessert we ordered Tempura Ice Cream. It was basically vanilla ice cream, deep fried in batter. Its usually eaten in one big bite topped with some chocolate syrup. The medley of flavors of both hot and cold were simply great. I liked in particular the complex flavor of the ice cream and the egg based batter they used for the coating.
All meals come with either hot or cold tea. For the cold tea, they basically add ice cubes and makes for washing down the ramen and other fairs quite enjoyable.
Overall the food was quality. I could see that it was trying to bring the most authentic experience possible to ramen dining. To the communal table sharing, to the look and feel of the restaurant, you could see that great thought and care was put in setting this restaurant up. Food quality was excellent. Service was top notch. The food came out so fast that I was really pleased. In my book, excellent service means that the restaurant cares for the customer. Some people might find the price a bit too steep, but you can’t pay for quality. I on the other hand found the price to be just right. Php 380 for a HUGE bowl of ramen is already ok. If you don’t have a big appetite I recommend sharing one bowl and trying out the Kakuni Buns too. In terms of Ramen, you can’t really compare Ramen Bar and Ukkokei. But in terms of experience, Ramen Bar is a place I will be coming back to whenever I am near the Eastwood area.
*side note: To the bloggers out there, the management allows for you to take pictures!
G/F Eastwood Mall
Libis, Quezon City